One of Italy’s three greatest grape varieties and one of its oldest. Best vineyards are in volcanic soils on mountainous slopes. The three Aglianico DOCGs—Taurasi, Taburno, and Vulture—have separate biotypes. Very high acidity and prominent minerality. Usually quite tannic. Aromas & flavors: Floral (red roses), red fruit (sour cherries), plum (esp. from Vulture), leather and herbs (esp. from Taburno), smoke. Capable of long aging.

In a nutshell

Alternative Names and Subvarieties: Aglianico del Vulture, Ellenica, Ellenico, Glianica, Glianico

Best Known For: Taurasi

Where Grown: Primarily in Campania (69%) and Basilicata (23%)

Vineyard Area: 9,973 ha (24,633 acres)

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